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 UAE Attestation Services for Personal Documents

Personal paperwork must be attested by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy before you can live or work in the country. Unfortunately, this is often a lengthy and confusing process which costs a lot of money if done incorrectly. Here at GulfVisa, we offer a professional certificate attestation service for the UAE, which can be applied to personal documents including birth and marriage certificates, university degrees, and more. International delivery via DHL is available to our customers outside of the United Kingdom.

We provide an all-in-one solution to legalise your certificates quickly and easily. There are three stages to this process and they must all be done* in the following order:
  1. Your documents are stamped by a solicitor
  2. The papers are then verified by the British Foreign Office (FCO)
  3. Finally, your certificates are attested by the UAE embassy in London


*Please note that the following do not need to be authenticated by a solicitor (only FCO & UAE embassy attestation needed):

- Original Birth Certificate

- Original Marriage Certificate

- Original Death Certificate

- Original ACRO Police Clearance Certificate

- Original Medical report signed by a British doctor registered with the FCO Legalisation Department


Working in the UAE

You cannot work in the UAE until your documents and qualifications have been through the attestation process. This is required as part of your visa application, so you should consult your employer to confirm which documents you need. In some instances, this process may necessitate a criminal record check, and you may even need to provide fingerprints for additional verification.

If family will be joining you in the UAE, marriage and birth certificates for every member will require attestation to ensure that the correct visas are issued.

How to Attest Your Personal Certificates for the UAE

1Prepare all relevant documentation
Please send us the following
  1. Your original personal documents
  2. The completed GulfVisa Document Attestation Form. You can download this by clicking the button on the right

Gulfvisa also offers a document translation service for your documents. You can add this service during step two below.

Download Application Pack (forms & requirements)
— OR —
Send the forms & requirements by email:
2Choose the UAE certificate attestation service you need
You can choose between our fast service (2 working days) or our standard service (5 working days). Discounts are available if you require UAE attestation for three or more documents. Please provide us with all the information we need by completing the form below.
All-Inclusive GulfVisa Price: £229.00  per document
Select which institutions you require attestation from?
Select your document attestation service?
Do you require your document(s) translated?
No. of Document(s) / Applicant(s)
3Post (or drop off) the requirements to our GulfVisa office:

Can I Send a Copy of My Certificate?

Solicitors will not stamp original certificates. We instead provide them with a copy, but they must still see the original document before stamping.

Original certificates must always be presented if they are exempt from solicitor authentication. Neither the FCO or the UAE embassy will accept copies.

Note on ACRO & Non-ACRO Police Certificates

Non-ACRO police certificates are the only original documents that will be stamped by a solicitor. For this service, choose Solicitor + FCO + UAE Embassy attestation. However, legalising ACRO police certificates does not require a solicitor, in which case you should select the FCO + UAE Embassy option.

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Why do I need certificate attestation for the UAE?

Attestation proves that official certificates are deemed legal and genuine within the UAE. The government will only recognise documents verified in this way.

We are an accredited document attestation agent, and make sure that all certificates go through each of the three requisite stages. These must each be completed in the correct order to guarantee authentication. For instance, the UAE embassy will not stamp a certificate until the FCO has also done so.

Which personal documents require attestation in the UAE?

If you are planning to live and work in the UAE, it is likely that the following papers will need to be attested:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Death certificates
  • University degree certificates
  • Police certificates (ACPO, ACRO and NPCC)
  • Personal power of attorney (to buy a property)
  • Health certificates
  • School reports
  • GMO products certificate

While some documents are exempt, anything listed below must be stamped by a solicitor before they are submitted for attestation (we offer this service too):

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Non-ACRO police certificates
  • Police letters
  • Degree certificate (including PhD)
  • School, college or university letters masters certificate
  • Educational certificates (A-levels, O-levels, GCSEs, diplomas, GNVQs and NVQs)
  • Other academic certificates (such as TEFL, TESOL, TESL & Language Studies)
  • Diplomas and awards
  • Teaching qualifications
  • Power of attorney
  • Employment letters
  • P.60’s tax return
  • Transcripts of study
  • Membership and fellowship certificates
  • Court Documents (probates, decisions, decree absolute)
  • Criminal record checks (CRB)
  • No impediment certificate
  • Affidavits witnessed by a solicitor or notary
  • Certificate of good standing from Companies House
  • Companies House documents signed by the registrar
  • HMRC certificate of residency
  • HMRC letters signed by an HMRC officer
  • Certificate of free sale rural payments agency
  • Notary access Northern Ireland
  • Subject access reports

If your document is not listed above or you have any questions about certificate attestation for the UAE, please call us on 020 337 11 554 or email us at info@gulfvisa.com.

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